Welcome to my Nanaimo pages

Nanaimo is the small city that I call home. For those of you (most) that have never heard of it, the pronunciation is Nan-eye-moe. The city is located on the eastern shores of Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. For those that are concerned about such things, it's more precisely located at;
Latitude: 49° 10' North
Longitude: 123° 56' West

The city has variously been dubbed the "Bathtub Racing Capital of the World" and "Harbour City". Nanaimo is also sometimes referred to as the "Hub City" because of its central location on Vancouver Island and due to the layout of the downtown streets which form a "hub" pattern.  You can follow the city map link on the left to better see this effect.

Famous for its varied landscapes and more than two dozen parks, the city of Nanaimo boasts one of the prettiest waterfronts in Canada, conveniently located to serve as a home base for exploring Vancouver Island.  With the soon to be opened Nanaimo Conference Center and several cruise ships stopping by every year the ever-changing waterfront area will soon be a busy place.
Once the location of five separate native villages, its name derives from a Coast Salish word, Sney-ny-mo, the "meeting place" - a perfect description of the rapidly-growing harbour community at the centre of Vancouver Island's highway and ferry system with a current population of approximately 88500 souls.
Incorporated in 1874, Nanaimo is the third oldest city in British Columbia and the second largest on Vancouver Island, located on the east coast of southern Vancouver Island, 70 miles (112 km) north of Victoria. Nanaimo is a former coal-mining town.

The city is also famous for it's annual World Championship Bathtub Races held in July (For more race information see the links page) and the delicious Nanaimo Bar dessert (recipes available on this site).